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St. Joseph High to close temporarily due to COVID-19 concerns

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 23:38:18-05

Two weeks after returning to in-person learning, St. Joseph High School in Orcutt is closing temporarily due to COVID-19 concerns.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Principal Erinn Dougherty said the decision to close came school officials were made aware of a positive student case.

She says the student attended a party last Friday with a student from another school who ended up testing positive for COVID-19.

The St. Joseph student began feeling sick and got tested, along with other students, Dougherty said.

She says students will return to campus in two weeks, adding the decision to close now was made so that the school would be in charge of reopening and to stop any possible transmission of the virus.

Dougherty is asking parents to keep their children at home during this time and limit exposure with others.

Student will return to online learning for the time being.

The private Catholic school reopened for in-person learning on Oct. 19 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.